HawkWow wrote:You're right, other than Stevens, we were a very respectable group (and still got hosed). I mean no disresepct here, but using such logic is like saying, I got hit by a Kam truck (lol) while walking on the sidewalk, so from now on, I might as well walk on the freeway.
I just think it's better to not rile these aholes. As you suggest, they have it in for us already. BTW, I think the teary-eyed retirement of "the face of the NFL", Jerome Bettis, playing his final game in his home town, played a role against us in XL. I could be wrong.
I was posting just as you were writing this, didn't see your post first, and all I could recall, storyline-wise from XL was the "win a title for the Bus" angle the media played. So two of us independently mention that as the dominant media storyline going into Super Bowl XL. ESPN's writeup of the game starts like this... "The Pittsburgh Steelers were the overwhelming sentimental Super Bowl XL favorites, both here and in Las Vegas, but for better than three quarters, the Seattle Seahawks had Pittsburgh engaged in a serious football game." The reason Seattle lost the game... lack of compelling storylines to counter the "Win one for the Bus" angle.
OK, not the real reason Seattle *lost* the XL game, but the reason we got crappy reffing that contributed. The real reason for the XL loss was lack of depth in the defensive backfield, and the 3rd-string man-off-the-street Free Safety Etric Pruitt who got burned for the Steelers two big-play touchdowns, the Willie Parker run, and the Antwaan Randle-El pass for a TD. Yeah, both TDs, same dude burned. We got "Next man up" under Carroll, so that won't be happening. Second reason Seattle loses, Hass throws a bonehead pick in the Red Zone after the bogus holding penalty. We've got RW as our QB, and he would be very unlikely to make a play like that.
But I digress. Sherman needs to keep talking and creating drama and interest, so the Seattle storylines are at least as interesting and compelling as their opponent's. The other smart thing the 'Hawks could do, if they make the Super Bowl, would be to find a way to independently trot out Holmgren, where he isn't under team employ, to talk about the biased and poor officiating in XL, and raise the storyline, "will Seattle get an even break from the officials in this Super Bowl." We found out in XL that the NFL has more in common with WWE than we thought. So let's have multiple interesting storylines.